Fibres, Literacy, Grade 4, 5


Fibres is a three-page literacy unit for Grades 4 and 5 gives an account of natural fibres we use. It has lots of illustrations along the way.

Following the account, students

  • answer questions in complete sentences. A mark is allocated for the content of each answer. One-mark in each answer is for the grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
  • write a flow chart using arrows and possibly boxes. This is the students’ choice but it has to meet parents’ standards for a flow chart.

Anyone can download, print and teach using this off-the-shelf set of lessons. Allow two hours in four sittings with your Grade 4 or 5  child. I have used this material myself. I have added to it for the benefit of parents and other non-teachers. Let the text and questions drive the lessons. Allow time for discussion, understanding the illustrations and thinking through the answers. The following link will help parents and non-teachers with suggestions on how to teach.

Reasonable duplication is allowed under this Copyright for teaching purposes for any sized group.






Fibres is a three-page literacy package for Grades 4 and 5. It has an account of the natural fibres used to make clothing, such as wool, cotton and flax. (In British English, we have kept the French spelling, fibre.)

What Is In Fibres

Children see the finished product in their t-shirts and sweaters. This account traces the woollen sweater from the sheep and the shirt to the cotton ball. Flax used to be very important as a fibre for making canvas. Canvas was used for the sails of ships. The text has illustrations each step of the way.

Writing Activities

After the reading task, students

  • rule up their page according to the instructions,
  • answer the questions in complete sentences with help from the instructions, and
  • complete a flow chart using the information in the text.

Who Uses Fibres

This is best for Grade 4 and 5. The Grade 4 child should manage the reading level of the text. The content has a science leaning. It is directed at teaching processes. Any parent can download, print in black, and teach using this unit of work.

  • The text needs two readings. The first is for decoding and the second is for comprehension.
  • Allow time for the child to look at the illustrations.
  • Allow time for discussion after the first reading.
  • If the child does the flow chart well, that should take up to an hour.
  • Altogether, this could be two hours of work in separate sittings.
  • Pace your child and allow for discussion and curiosity.
  • Engage him or her in any of their own experiences that can be linked to the text.

I have used this unit many times in my own teaching and I now make it available for parents and other non-teachers. Use the text and activities to guide you and drive the lesson.


This link takes you to the Page for Literacy Grade 4 and 5. It discusses many helpful ideas that enable the non-teacher to do a better job.

Next Step Links

The text at this link is readable for this age group with a little help. The student can read the process in more detail and the photos are very good.

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